28 Feb '12, 7am

The expanding vocabulary devoted to sustainability and green building: #aec #architecture #engineering #construction

The expanding vocabulary devoted to sustainability and green building: #aec #architecture #engineering #construction

There’s an expanding vocabulary devoted to sustainability and green building that forms the language we use to describe every aspect of our efforts—from community planning and design through product development, construction, performance, and market acceptance. As an editor, I’m always on the lookout for these new terms that help define our work and refine our ability to communicate about it. Our language reflects our understanding of ourselves and, in this case, of our progress. The meanings of lexiconic words like green and sustainable are shaped by qualifiers like greenwash , substantiated claims , and credibility , and they subdivide into component terms like raw materials extraction , multiple-attributes , recycled content , embodied energy , carbon footprint , and green chemistry —all of which eventually reunite in LCA, and EPDs. Our new communities are built on brow...

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